A Simple Colourful DIY Thanksgiving Tablescape

October is always such an amazing month in our home. It’s Dan’s birthday month, it’s Canadian Thanksgiving and it’s also LB’s birthday now too! I can’t believe she is a year old. She gets more and more fun by the day.  Since it’s always a super hectic time for us, my table settings reflect that. I’m all about keeping it real, as colourful as everyday life and EASY to DO! (Guys – if seasonal table decor can’t be done in a day – I don’t even bother!) So here’s how I’ve painted and stamped my way to a simple colourful DIY Thanksgiving Tablescape. 

I always like to start with a solid and layered base on my tables. In this case, I’ve used a blue table runner paired with a jute runner and then laid a hand-stamped botanical runner over top to give it a bit more oomph and personality. Check my Facebook Videos for a tutorial on how I made that runner! You won’t believe how simple it was!! 

No Thanksgiving tablescape is complete without TEXTURE! I used round woven placemats to anchor some of the smaller elements on the table – oh and if you didn’t notice, this is set-up for buffet dining!! Our dining room is super tiny and getting everyone seated at the table isn’t always possible. Most of the time, we resort to a buffet style serving area so we can squeeze more people into the celebrations. 

Did you spy one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE and FUN DIYs in the last shot!? YES! Colourful cutlery!! I’m working on a quick post to show you exactly how to achieve this look – but how fun for a kids’ table or a birthday celebration, right?! I love unexpected elements like this and I feel like it’s a bit more fun than plastic forks and knives. 

The other way to add colour and texture is obviously with seasonal decor – in this case, that’s acorns, gourds and pumpkins (which are also gourds right? I dunno). I bought these at the dollar store, primed them and painted them with chalk-style paint in dark and moody hues to give the whole space a good pop of luxe. Something about the way navy pairs with deep burnt oranges that just screams FALL!!

When you’re setting up a buffet, you need to consider height. It’s not the same as a dining table, where height can get in the way of seeing someone across the table! But you want peoples’ eyes to dance around. I added in this adorable dessert/fruit stand from IKEA to bring a bit of drama and ‘up’ to my table. I left the bottom portion open for actual food and filled the top with more colourful painted gourds.

The last thing to do is to amp up the ‘nature’. Every space needs at least one hit of natural green. In this case, I’ve added the green sprigs in the clear glass vase beside those two bright candleholders. The brilliant colours play so nicely with the deconstructed twig wreath – which is probably one of my favourite wreaths I own. I got it at the thrift store for TWO DOLLARS. 

I hope you are having a wonderful October! And watch the blog for a couple more tutorials on how to make these handmade tablescape projects 🙂

-E

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